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if i see a sign on the door, i'm thinking, is that my 30-day notice? so, i really hope this is like a step in the right direction, that we can be at the table to provide more information, and to look at our history where we have to, you know, make it permanent. if it's not on 24th we're willing to look for somewhere else, but this has to be addressed immediately. it what devastating to he see the news last week that [speaker not understood] is closing, another sort of staple in mission. after what, 20 years they're going to shut their doors. so, i really beg you to look at this, to add the resource he to include us in the dialogue, and anything we can do to support it we're here. so, thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. welcome. thank you, good afternoon, commissioner. my name is pete [speaker not understood]. i'm one of the co-owners of green apple books on clement street, been there since 1967. me and two other long-time employees bought the business
from the original owner. i would also like to thank the geller foundation and san francisco heritage for developing this and to supervisor campos for initiating the measure. i support this on multiple levels. first as a small business owner. obviously it gives me hope and a potential opportunity. our lease is up in 2019 and i'm stressing out about it five years early. it will be our 52nd anniversary then. as a representative of the san francisco locally owned merchants association, i also support this measure. it helps to buildedth local economy. more monday is circulated in local economy when people shop at locally owned merchants as opposed to the chains on the internet. it also keeps the diverse appeal businesses that tourists love and all the money that small businesses and locally opened businesses like mine make we respend in the local economy. finally, as a citizen, i see small and legacy business he donating to school auctions more than chain stores. i see them helping each other through networks like the small
business network, the district merchants associations and i think this measure would keep san francisco much more interesting city instead of a solace town of chain stores. i do urge you not to take architectural significance into account. there are businesses that are in pretty mediocre looking buildings that are nonetheless integral to their communities. i think this is a great start. i would urge the city to do more still. but a a starting point, getting these businesses registered i think is a wonderful start. thank you for your time and go giants. [laughter] ~ as a >> thank you. next speaker, please. good afternoon, commissioners. my name is de ray smith and i work with san francisco heritage. i'm actually here on behalf of greg johnson. he asked if i could read some comments from him. he's the owner, co-owner of marcus books. and he says, dear commissioners, [speaker not understood] to voice our support of the pro poed legacy
business registry legislation which will strengthen our local policies to help preserve the city's long-time business he. marcus books greatly appreciates the support we received during a period of uncertainty. we are all in this together and respect others who have tirelessly devoted their time and energy in moving this piece of legislation along. supervisor campos, mark farrell and everyone else who has worked on this legislation deserves tremendous applause. without doubt if passed the new political legislation will help a host of legacy businesses including the [speaker not understood]. as legacy business owners and native residents of san francisco, we promised the community we would fight injustice, keep our doors open at a long-term site and serve those concerned over the weakness of our current policy that govern historical designation of legacy businesses he. san francisco marcus book stores trial and tribulation to remain in place constitutes a strong argument that it's critical for city and county government agencies to adopt
stronger legislation designed to keep legacy assets in place so that they may continue serving future generations of san francisco residents. in our case the building was foreclosed on and bought by investors who had no idea of the building and business significant history and meaning to the community. a trend is taking place in san francisco that allows investors to enrich their personal wealth by buying property and evicting residents who have worked there for years. unfortunately it's as though people acquiring -- people acquire amnesia and forget the relevant of these activities that take place within these buildings. it is disheartening to watch the demise of small local legacy business operations and the disruption of cultural heritage and community synergy. real estate speculators may take a different position, no one can deny [speaker not understood] to adequately address the problem. proposed legislation brings attention to the issue and will help to eliminate distwirp disparity, setting new law in motion works tone sure that the
community has access to long-term businesses that serve and help build better communities. sincerely greg johnson. thank you. >> thank you. any other member of the public? seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioners, i really, really like this piece of legislation. and i want to thank supervisor campos's office for this. i want to thank the geller foundation, the great work that you do. i know several small businesses that have participated in forums at geller and it's really helped multi-generational families in san francisco pass on their businesses. and san francisco heritage, what you've done, as we started last year at our forum down on mission and sixth, i was really
pleased with the turnout. great synergy came out of that and i feel like this is what actually came out of that. so, this legislation has my total support. commissioner dooley. >> yes, i want to echo what president adams says. and also just to bring up once again, this is a huge crisis right now in san francisco. as a small business commissioner, i cannot think of anything more important than preserving our local businesses that have given our neighborhoods character and support the neighborhoods. it's extremely important. i'd also like to add this is a great first step and maybe we can start looking at the idea of figuring out a program that will allow some of these legacy businesses to buy their buildings or at least the part of the building they are in. that is the ultimate solution. and i think that's something we need to start working on along with this.
that way we will be assured that these businesses will be there in perpetuity. >> do we have any motions to go forward with this? >> i move that we support this legislation. >> we have a second? >> i second. [multiple voices] >> commissioner yee riley? >> yes. >> all right. commissioner adams? >> aye. >> commissioner dooley? >> aye. >> commissioner dwight? >> aye. >> commissioner ortiz-cartagena? >> yes. >> commissioner tour-sarkissian? >> yes. >> commissioner white? >> yes. >> commissioner yee riley? >> aye. >> that motion passes 7-0. >> great. thank you very much. and i want to stop the agenda, if we can, if we can do the picture. >> all right. we will take a three-minute break to take some photos.
>> all right, commissioner, item number 7, letter requesting the city communicate with and include neighborhood merchants in the emergency planning and city activation coordination that are traditionally impacted by large events. so, this is primarily coming from several merchant areas that a couple years ago were impacted by the giants, you know, large groups of people in the streets, you know, windows damaged, graffitied. and, so, were contacted by our office. i did forward you one e-mail from one merchant group, what's
going on, what's the plan. and, so, i thought it might be appropriate for the commission to send a letter stating that in these types of events, once there is not a lot of opportunity to really plan the event, you know, the super bowl we have time to plan the event. but around events like the world sear i and things like that, they come up rather quickly. ~ series so, to ensure that there is communication both on emergency procedures, contingency plans to avoid any kind of riots and at one point they suggested to the merchants along delancy street to kind of do a lock-down to close their businesses, you know, as well. but they're not sure of what the plans are, what the city is preparing for. so, i think it's important that they be included in, in the emergency planning and
procedures. if there is graffiti on their buildings, you know, some of them were very upset that they got graffitied and then were noticed by dpw that they had three days to remove that graffiti off their building or they would be fined. and then also there was interest on their part, is there a way to -- for them to be able to take advantage, if they could plan something pretty quickly to take advantage of the situation. a lot of the bars are really full. i know on saturday i was out and a couple businesses that i was in, the business owner actually told me they had to let one or two people go because business what just so slow. and these were, you know, retail organizations -- retail businesses. so, anyway, so, i just wanted to put it before you. it was kind of last minute, to see if there is interest to sort of draft a letter to
really -- especially really having good communication with the merchant areas around any contingency plan that the city is doing. >> my first question is i know at mission station, the police he there, when captain [speaker not understood] was there or when even when chief suhr what there, there was communication with the neighborhood merchant groups. i know like what may happen here tomorrow night, have we checked to see -- are there any plans out there for what happens if we win the world series tomorrow or wednesday night? >> there are, there are some plans that they do have and -- but again, i think it's kind of coming at sort of the late hour. and i'm not sure what the merchants have been fully communicated with. so -- >> this is a tough one
especially like with world series. you don't know. >> right. and, so, i think it's just really a message to make sure that early -- as early as we know, the city needs to start its contingency planning and its kind of emergency response planning to also bring in the merchant areas. where we know, i think the concern for the merchants in the mission area is that it is -- in addition to having a lot of excitement and activity, but it is also -- there is some plausible tension in that area as well which, you know, some individuals could take the opportunity to take advantage of that. >> commissioner tour-sarkissian? >> i personally believe it is appropriate for the commission to send such a letter. and i think i do believe that the -- due to the shortage of
time to authorize the president, vice president to approve the letter. so, i think it is, it is part of our duty to help small business and provide for these contingency plans. so, i move for this letter to be prepared and sent. >> second. >> we should take public comment first. >> public comment first. >> so, do we have any members of -- first up, any other commissioner comments before we take public comment? okay, do we have public comment on item number 7? seeing none, public comment is closed. >> so, my recommendation is that this letter be prepared immediately with the authorization of the president and the vice president and/or the vice president and sent forthwith due to the shortage of time. >> and the gist of this letter is? just a recommendation?
>> yes, a recommendation. >> second. >> okay. roll call. >> commissioner adams? >> aye. >> commissioner dooley? >> aye. >> commissioner dwight? >> yes. >> commissioner ortiz-cartagena? >> yes. >> commissioner tour-sarkissian? >> yes he. >> commissioner white is absent. ~ and commissioner yee riley. >> yes. >> so, we can get that out today. let me know. >> yes. >> okay, great. thank you. next item, please. >> item number 8 is director's report. so, commissioners, before i start my director's report, i do want to introduce you to two interns. so, we have in the office, and they are from usf, usf is prove tog provide us with a lot of intern support. first i want to introduce you to -- come up -- monique martinez, and monique is a b.s. in the business administration
entrepreneurship and innovation. she's class of 2015. so, monique has been continuing on the work around the pos and has spent an enormous amount of time logging what each county's program or lack of registry program that they have, been talking to the counties in terms of how they regulate that the pos system so that we have a comprehensive log of what each county is doing in the state of california. and i want to give them just a quick moment of opportunity to introduce themselves. so, monique? >> good afternoon, commissioner. so, a she said, i'm a student at usf majoring entrepreneurship, minoring in [speaker not understood] study. one of my classes is an internship here, so, i'm helping here with the pos systems and everything. so, the first thing i did was
get a list of primary counties, mainly the larger ones, los angeles, san francisco, san diego, sacramento, riverside, and then i conducted like a list of how much it costs per system and a couple other notes as well. and then after that i went on to the smaller counties. so, i believe 40 counties, i believe. even the smaller ones, i've had to call and make sure they are complete based or so forth. so, the work so far and hopefully goes on to me writing a white paper expressing our desire to change regulation to compliant based here in san francisco. >> great, thank you. >> and then next we have stephanie nichols who just started and, so, stephanie ha done a couple things for the office.
~ has the new tax and treasurer's legislation has a new list of categories that you can tick off, muni registry business. so, the business councils do not -- wanted to provide them with a definition of what each of those items are. so, that was actually something that stephanie was studying. stephanie is a usf school of law, j.d. candidate, class of 2016. so, and was introduced to the office via [speaker not understood] who did the pos presentation to you. and then stephanie did do, worked on further legacy the presentation for you the initial sorting of just going through the s.f. data, database and taking a look at the different categories and dog the initial sorting. and then we'll be working on some additional projects, so.
>> hi, commissioners. my name is stephanie. i am currently a usf law student. i did get my undergrad in business, so, i want to combine those. that's why after talking to wyatt, i really wanted to work in the office of small business just because it really interested me and i enjoy my study. >> she said, i hope to create more definitions for the additional terms that the taxing treasurer's office added to their list ~ just to kind of help get a definition of maybe why they were added and what type of business [speaker not understood] that you would check that box instead of another box. and then i also helped compile the list, preliminary list of potential business he for the legacy rebate program. i basically just went on to the data s.f. and put in specific terms looking 30 years ago or older and then also certain
class codes [speaker not understood] felt would be best that fall under the definitions of it and then just compile it had into an excel spreadsheet. you only have one class code. i did a couple more and i hope to continue to work with that project because i really think it's a great project and would like to provide any help that i can. >> thank you. >> so, thank you, stephanie, and monique. so, you're welcome to stay or you're welcome to go back downstairs if you like. all right. also, so, to move on, so, the a-d-a subsidized assessment program we are now going to expand it city-wide. and it will be available as long as there are funds annually because of the dollar registration that's added to the annual business registration. we have approximately $50,000 to work with.
so, that could add 40, around 40 kass p, subsidized casp inspections. it was opened up to targeted certain neighborhood programs. now with this fee we're going to be targeting -- opening it up city-wide. small business saturdays is coming up november -- i'm very embarrassed, but the last saturday of the month. we are very pleased that american express has decided to, again, include san francisco in expanding its sort of activities. >> the 29th. >> the 29th. yes, thank you. so, they are planning a main street make over which is just helping with kind of decorations and with hayes valley, and then small business saturday night in the upper fillmore, helping them put together some promotional thing
that they can do for late night shopping for that -- for that neighborhood. so, and then, of course, we're doing the banners again this year along with the invest in neighborhoods program. formula retail, so, today in land use and economic committee starting at 1:30, the two formula retail item are being heard. and, so, hopefully find out after this meeting is over in terms of what was the final outcome. the point of sale registration, so, monique is continuing to work to help sort of develop some additional data and information for both our office, supervisor farrell's office and supervisor wiener's office, but our next steps are also to be meeting with dph. they are going to put together an assessment of the businesses he that they've gone into.
they've done the testing ~. and they even have -- their registers, their pos system is office to see if we can see any sort of -- from that data, if we can make any sort of determination, you know, in terms of size of business, industry business, number of pos system in the business, that type of thing. so, i don't anticipate that this is going to be a fast-moving legislative change because i do think that we want to be measured about it, but we will be -- we're continuing to work on it. so, i'll just keep you apprised as each stage, any sort of new developments take place along the way. next, for your next meeting on november 10th, you will be hearing the 14 b local business enterprise program legislation. initially it was scheduled at
the october 6 meeting, but was asked to be continued. and, so, supervisor chiu's office and the city administrator's office has commits today november 10th. and you will also be hearing both pieces of legislation. supervisor mar's and supervisor chiu is dealing with formula retail employees. so, i just wanted to make sure you're aware of that. last, last week supervisor breed had at the land use and economic committee establishing divisadero neighborhood commercial corridor and the fillmore street commercial corridor. the commission heard those back in 2012, i think, or late '12, early 2013. the one change that was made to those two pieces he of legislation, initially they had a ban for formula retail, but
the ban was removed from the legislation when it was heard again and they'll just follow the planning commission's formula retail criteria. so, those two item passed out of land use and will be before the full board tomorrow for its first reading. i want to let you know he that our new website is live ~. so, we have developed it so that once the portal is live, all the subtantive material that was part of the 10 steps to getting your business open, [speaker not understood] financial business will be easily able to be extracted without having to be able to be extracted because all that information is now housed in the portal. ~ substantive so, there is a seamless transition once the portal goes live, which we're -- i'm hoping will be in the next couple weeks. it's pretty well ready to go. and then i've provided you with some updates on the staffing
and they hope that we are getting to interviews in november. and then working to schedule the presentations from the departments that you've requested with the health care security ordinance, the health department, and the planning department. so, those are the key elements to communicate with you from my director's report today, commissioners. if you have any questions. >> thank you. next item, please. >> will you let jane know she did a really fantastic job on the portal. really top notch. her presentation was great and i think a fantastic foundation going forward, so, that's really fantastic. >> next item. >> all right, so, item number 9 is president's report. >> i just have one brief item. thursday night, this thursday
night, october 30th at 6 o'clock on the corner of castro and 18th we'll be having our grand opening of our sidewalks in the castro. we have new widened sidewalks, rainbow crosswalk. and the businesses he in the castro are going to be staying open late on thursday night ~. we have tentative the mayor, supervisor wiener. we're trying to get people back into the castro. you know, it's been shut down most of the summer due to this construction. it's finished so we want to have a great big party, want to close it off to traffic. businesses are going to be open late. i'm just encouraging everybody to come to the castro and shop, eat and drink on thursday night. so, that's what i have. >> sounds like a good idea. >> next item. >> item number 10 is vice president's report, but since the vice president had to leave
early, we will -- shall i move on to item number 11? >> time number 11. >> item number 11 is commissioner reports. >> commissioner ortiz. >> i want to congratulate [speaker not understood], last week was the 41st anniversary. we're doing a great job in the mission district for a very long time. so, congrats. >> great. any other commissioner reports? seeing none, next item. >> item number 12, general public comment. this allows members of the public to comment generally on matters within the commission's purview, and suggest new agenda items for the commission's future consideration. ~ purview. >> do we have any members of the public here who would like to make a comment on any future meetings of this commission? seeing none, next item, please. >> item number 13, new business. >> any new business? nope, next item, please. >> item number 14 is adjournment. >> do we have a motion to adjourn? >> so moved. >> second. >> all in favor? >> aye.